McClatchy writes that the "new Senate Republican leadership team represents a return to pragmatism. They're seasoned GOP parliamentarians who are expected to cross party lines and buck the White House more often than did retiring Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who concentrated more on pleasing the president and the Republican Party base that is key to his presidential hopes for 2008."
Beyond Lott, the Houston Chronicle says that the rest of the new Senate GOP leadership has a Texan imprint to it. "Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison moved up a notch to the fourth-ranked Republican Policy Committee chairmanship, and Sen. John Cornyn joined the leadership for the first time, replacing Hutchison as Republican Conference vice chairman." (And we'd note how many are Southerners, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.)
"House Republicans have already begun mapping their attack strategy for the next two years," says The Hill. "Leadership candidates have highlighted their plans to hammer the incoming Democratic majority for ethical lapses, fiscal irresponsibility and legislative mismanagement, borrowing from a playbook those same Democrats used with great success to unseat the Republican majority."
House Republican Leader John Boehner, who's hoping to get elected minority leader tomorrow, sounds classic conservative and reformist themes in a Roll Call op-ed asking his colleagues for their votes.